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  • How to Extend the Life of your TRIAD Boilers

    Community, Industrial Design

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    Sources of the Problem Water ordinarily contains dissolved gases and minerals, particulates and organic subtances. Uncontrolled pH and dissolved oxygen can produce excessive corrosion or rusting within a system. Before long, the build-up of scale, mud, sludge and contaminants can occur at the bottom of the boiler and on the tube sheet. As the burner goes through its cycles, the efficient heating and cooling of the boiler can deteriorate due to the build-up of those contaminants, leading to hampered heat-transfer.

    Monitoring temperatures of boiler heated-water will help users to immediately determine whether such problems are occurring. This will help them anticipate and avoid aggravation of the problem.

    Steps to follow Here then are a few simple steps to remember and to follow regarding this issue: • Effective water-treatment is a vital factor in maintaining good system-operation. • Clean-outs and a pro-active preventative-maintenance plan will help maintain the boiler’s cleanliness and peak performance. • The temperature differentials of make-up, return, and feed-water must be kept as reasonably low as possible.

    Remember, every unit is a product of excellent design and proven performance. Under ideal conditions, these units will operate at peak levels. However, proper maintenance and care will add actual service-life and usefulness of the unit. Get to know your unit well and how you can have more of it.

    Getting in touch with TRIAD For more information on how to ...

  • Corliss Engine Review Space Heating

    Community, Industrial Design

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    Space Heating

    Corliss Engine Review

    When it comes to space heating, TRIAD boasts of its excellent line of boilers with various practical applications with proven performance advantages.

    TRIAD Hot-Water Space-Heating Boilers provide a rugged solution for a various range of hydronic-heating applications. Similar to all TRIAD boilers, these are ready-to-install packaged systems featuring a perfectly-matched powerful, efficient burner/boiler combination. All appurtenant hot-water boiler controls and secondary plumbing are installed and pre-wired, with the vessels clearly passing through a 32-inch doorway for immediate start-up.

    Applications These excellent space-heating boilers are highly recommended for use in schools & universities, healthcare facilities, office buildings, historic landmark buildings, residential space-heating and industrial space-heating requirements. Redundant modular boilers are very important for healthcare facilities and the Small Footprint unit is the perfect solution for universities and other campus heating requirements in many assorted building applications.

    TRIAD boilers are also perfect for decentralizing a large central-heating plant. Simple off-the-shelf controls allow facility managers to quickly and easily conduct vital maintenance operations and also quickly source out parts when required.

    Versatility and Other Advantages For industrial operations, TRIAD’s uniquely-designed, sturdy boilers can provide heat to a small area of a large fac...

  • Corliss Engine Review TRIAD Advantages

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Corliss Engine Review TRIAD Advantages

    Boiler Sequencing

    Another simple process that TRIAD utilizes in its boiler operations is that of sequencing. Knowing what it is and how it works allows users to fully maximize their equipment’s use and economic life.

    TRIAD Boilers can be sequenced through the use of control panels, allowing users to enjoy many benefits, including:

    • Temperature set-back during reduced-heat requirement, especially at night or during weekends. • Adjustments for latent heat to make full use of hot boiler-water that retains heat after the burner has shut down. • Outdoor reset based on atmospheric temperatures. • Monitoring of return-water temperatures to maintain accurate heating output.

    This process of sequencing can also be easily applied in our boilers that use the control panels of any other major boiler manufacturer.

    Quicker Assembly

    All TRIAD hot-water and steam boilers are completely-assembled, packaged-products, which offer several advantages over boilers that need to be installed at the jobsite. Obviously, there are several advantages to this TRIAD feature, namely:

    • On-site installation labor costs are reduced. • Greater and more consistent quality control is achieved at the factory than onsite. • The facility of installation of modular boilers leads to faster start-up.

    Ease in Maintenance

    TRIAD boilers are easy to clean.

    To maintain boiler efficiency and longer boiler life, heating surfaces must be kept clean at all ...

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    Rice & Sargent Corliss Engine The Eclipse Corliss Engine Group Classic Engineering

    Thanks, Guys! I have a few "books" to write, but there's not enough time in a day! As to the work, yes, it's a big undertaking. Keep in mind, Steve was full time on this. I worked Saturdays and some vacation days, and evenings making missing parts and researching. Since the first couple of years, others have joined in, some are regulars, some come and go, but it really helps to have a club or team approach to this.

    Going into this, I knew it was going to involve a big commitment. I was working on some 7-1/4" gage live steam railroading projects, and building my home shop with side jobs, in between raising 5 kids. The kids were pretty much out of the nest, so it made room for this, but I still had to balance this with my home life and a business. What won out was the chance to work with the actual real thing, not a model or a replica.

    It had to be preserved, as a piece of steam history, as a piece of local history, and the story had to be told. It literally was dropped in our laps to do. At every turn of the project, the right amount of money or materials would appear in the nick of time. Every time we couldn't get an approval, someone came through with an alternative to keep the project alive. I will probably never know how many friends we had working behind the scenes on our behalf. While no one could accuse me of being overly devout, I do believe in God and I do beli...

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    Classic Steam Engine Engineering The Eclipse Corliss Engine Group Classic Engineering Steve;

     You're right! A lot of people from local and northeastern clubs were in to see it, and that's just what they did! Museums, too! Local historical society, same thing. Then, to add insult to injury, I had one fellow from a well known steam club go up one side of me and down the other when I mentioned we were recovering the engine, he was mad as hell. I had to hear how his club had enough money to get any engine they wanted, and if that one was worth getting they would have gotten it, how we were spoiling the chances of other groups getting engines because we didn't know what we were doing and we were going to give such groups a bad name when we failed. Needless to say, I've never joined. Unbelievable. The good part is that it turns out he is not representative of the attitudes in general in that group, and there are many fine fellows there doing good work too! But there's always gotta be one! - Jim Mackessy
    

    The Eclipse Corliss Engine Group Classic Engineering

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    The Eclipse Corliss Engine The Eclipse Corliss Engine Group Classic Engineering

    Above - The Eclipse Cross Compound Corliss Engine.

    The Frick Company produced Corliss engines in the following styles :- Horizontal or Vertical form, Condensing or Non-Condensing, single or in pairs. " Compound " Engines, Tandem, Cross, Triple, or Quadruple.

    The valve gear is of the most approved pattern; an independent and separate valve controls each port, and is so placed that a short passage leads with the least amount of waste room to the piston; the exhaust valves, from their position, drain the water from the cylinder. The steam valves are so constructed that they act as relief valves in certain cases, and the valves themselves are solid castings from end to end, and separate from the driving stem The valve stems are made of Deoxidized Phosphor Bronze, as are also the trunnions, glands, shoes and springs, and the stems are made interchangeable. The wrist plate motion opens the steam valves quickly, giving boiler pressure at closest cut-off, and kept in motion up to the point of extreme travel, permitting the point of cut-off to be exactly determined and disengagements effected positively. Both the steam and exhaust valves are given a peculiar dwell movement where it is most needed. The reversal of the valves is bought about without shock, the movement being so easy from a state of rest to a rapid motion, and that without straining the connections, the wear and tear of moving p...

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    The Eclipse corliss engine group classic engineering Modern Cotton Mill Engineering Object Description Title Modern Cotton Mill Engineering Creator W.B. Smith Whaley and Company Date 1903 Source Ensor-Brown Collection, Richland County Public Library Subject Cotton manufacture. Cotton textile industry--Southern States. Cotton textile industry--South Carolina. Description 132 p.: ill., 33 x 28 cm. Digital Collection Modern Cotton Mill Engineering Website http://www.richland.lib.sc.us/local-history/local-history-digital-library Contributing Institution Richland County Public Library Rights Digital image copyright 2011, Richland County Public Library. All rights reserved. For more information contact Richland County Public Library, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201. SC County Aiken County (S.C.) Kershaw County (S.C.) Lancaster County (S.C.) Laurens County (S.C.) Newberry County (S.C.) Oconee County (S.C.) Orangeburg County (S.C.) Richland County (S.C.) Spartanburg County (S.C.) Union County (S.C.) SC Region Upstate Midlands Low Country Language English Digitization Specifications 400 dpi, 24-bit depth, color, Zeutschel Omniscan 140000 scanner, Archival Master file is a TIFF. Type Text Format image/jpeg Media Type Books Date Digital 2011-10 Metadata Cataloger Kelly Riddle Scanner Technician Kelly Riddle Bibliographic Citation W.B. Whaley and Company. Modern Cotton Mil...

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    Corliss Steam Engine Boiler Group Gear Rooms Corliss Steam Engine Company Firmenname Corliss Steam Engine Company Ortssitz Providence (R.I.) Straße Charles Street Art des Unternehmens Maschinenfabrik Anmerkungen Teilhaber: Corliss, Nightingale, Clark, Scott, Smith, Grenville, Wood. Bis 1857: "Corliss, Nightingale & Co." (s.d.). 1874: G. H. Corliss, Präsident; W. Corliss, Leiter der Finanzen. Nahe Charles-St. Bahnübergang, auch als West River Street 146 angegeben. Lt. Briefkopf (1867+1894): "The Corliss Steam Engine Company" mit D. M. Thompson (Präsident und Finanzleiter), Stephen A. Jenks (Vizepräsident), Wm. B. Sherman (Sekretär) und Chas. E. Giles (Agent). 1888: 5 acres Grundfläche und über 1.000 Beschäftigte. Die "Franklin Machine Company" ist 1925 der Nachfolger der "Corliss Engine Works" (so noch 1868) [Smithsoniancontributions, Internet]. Quellenangaben Exponat im Art and Ind. Building, Washington DC. [Wiley: American iron trade manual (1874) 158] [Bishop: History of American manufacturers 3 (1868) 378] Hinweise The company was originally known as Fairbanks, Clark & Co. in the 1830s. In 1843 it was renamed Fairbanks, Bancroft & Co. when Edward Bancroft joined the company. In 1846 it was renamed Bancroft, Nightingale & Co. when Corliss joined the company, and in 1847 it was renamed Corliss, Nightingale and Co. In 1848 the company moved to the location shown in t...

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    Corliss Steam Engine Boiler Group Gear Rooms Smelter Tech: The Corliss Engine While James Watt’s improvements to the steam engine may have been responsible for giving birth to the industrial revolution it would be the contribution of George Corliss that made it profitable. Watt’s contribution to engine design was one of practicality and reliability. Corliss’s contribution was one of efficiency, creating engines that took advantage of every last drop of energy available to it. Because of these improvements steam engines were finally able to surpass water power in terms of economic feasibility and surge ahead to become the de factor power source of the late 19th century.

    On its surface the Corliss styled engine is very similar to its Watt’s style brethren. Steam is delivered into a large cylinder through means of a throttle valve, which is automatically controlled by the engine’s governor. Once inside the cylinder that steam expands and pushes the enclosed piston forward. As the piston moves so to does the connected piston rod, which in turns pushes the crosshead forward along its track.

    Meanwhile on the engine’s business end that reciprocating motion of the crosshead is converted into circular motion by means of a connecting rod and crank. The crank rotates a disc which in turn spins the engines drive shaft and connected flywheel. This is all typical when it comes to steam engine design (see my original steam engine post HERE for more info). To see what dif...

  • Group Report Corliss Engine: The Great Corliss Engine

    Communication, Environmental Design

    Group Report Corliss Engine: The Great Corliss Engine This remarkable mechanism was a simple condensing engine. It was finished in 1876 requiring seven months to build. It furnished power for running the machinery at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. It was purchased by George Pullman in 1880 and was moved from Providence RI where it had been in storage after the run of the Centennial Exposition to Pullman, requiring a train of thirty-five cars to transport it. It was shaped like the capital letter A and from the floor to the top of the walking beam was forty feet. The cylinders were forty inches in diameter affording a ten-foot stroke. The diameter of the crankshaft was eighteen inches and twelve feet long. The diameter of the large gear (fly) wheel was thirty feet with a face of 24 inches and was the largest gear wheel in the world. The gear wheel meshed into a pinion wheel that powered 3268 feet of main power shafting located in tunnels 4-5 feet below grade in tunnel. From the main power shaft, approximately 13,000' of overhead shafting and two miles of belting applied to the machinery in the car shop. The engine was capable of developing 2500 horsepower.

    When the engine was started at the Centennial exposition in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park by President Grant and Emperor Don Pedro III of Brazil, they were supported by a choir of 1000 singing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, a band of 150 pieces playing the Centennial March composed by Richard Wagner, followed b...

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